I end all my blogs with the farewell - Peace, Ronda.
I wish you peace in your hearts and your minds and your souls. We don't know each other well enough to be so forward for me to say, "Love, Ronda," although I do love you because Jesus loves you. And who Jesus loves, I pray to love as He does.
I don't wish you peace from your trials and burdens, as in release from any trial and burden because that's not possible in this world we live. We will have trouble, Jesus promised us that.
I wish you peace in the trouble. I wish for you peace in the trial. I wish for you peace in the burden.
Not the wishy washy peace the world wishes. No, I wish you the peace that passes all understanding. The peace that others see in you that is so mind-boggling it makes them nervous. Nervous enough to want it for themselves. I wish you that kind of peace.
Unfortunately or fortunately maybe, the only way you get that kind of peace is by having trials and troubles and tribulations. You don't get it by a life without difficulty. It's a peace that can only come and be seen when the trials surround you.
That's the kind of peace I wish for you each and every day I write it and the days in-between when keys on my keyboard lay silent and untouched.
This is the kind of peace our world needs and craves. This is the kind of peace that sees the corruption, the heartache, the evil, and the pain around us and still can say, "I know that my Redeemer lives."
This is the kind of peace that can rest knowing that even when the questions remain unanswered, God is still at work bringing all things under His authority.
This is the kind of peace that can grieve and wail but still know that God is a good God, an Abba Father holding His banner of love over me.
This is the kind of peace that gives courage, stomps on discouragement, and encourages us to keep going.
This is the kind of peace that can only come from Someone who is familiar with all our troubles and carries us through them, not abandoning us in our time of need.
This is the kind of peace that guards our hearts, helping us when we're helpless.
This is the kind of peace those who are made innocent through a sacrifice made and a life Resurrected can have at any given moment.
This is the kind of peace that causes us to jump for joy, not caring what anyone thinks about our outward show of excitement and praise that we've been saved!
This is the kind of peace that comes when we know what we know what we know to be true is indeed True.
This is the kind of peace that continually stands ready to learn the lessons that come because of trials.
This is the kind of peace we can have each moment of our lives knowing he is near enough to touch.
This is the kind of peace we can have celebrating the original we have been made to be.
This is the kind of peace that is for you, not against you.
For He himself is our peace, our eirene - "our gift of wholeness from God, when all essential parts are joined together... The state of untroubled, undisturbed, well-being. Such a state of peace is the object of divine promise and is brought about by God's mercy, granting deliverance and freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as a result of sin. The gospel of peace can only be the result of reconciliation with God and made a new relationship between man and God brought by the atonement" of Jesus.
Things to chew on:
1. Be honest. Are you/ do you have eirene?
2. Be honest. Do you want eirene?
3. Be honest. Are you willing to surrender your feeble attempts for peace and submit to the giver of eirene?
References: Biblehub.com and Key Word Study Bible NIV; AMG Publishers